Category Archives: 2007

I SHOT THE CLIENT (but I didn’t shoot the secretary) Dec ’07

London, U.K. Winter, 1972, 4:30 a.m. The worst thing about filmmaking is getting up before dawn and driving through the slush to a distant, even colder, location. My best client, Herb Kanzell, has landed a job for the Rank Organisation. … Continue reading

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ANOTHER FINE MESS Nov ’07

A Family Outing 101 South from Corte Madera, Calif. March, 2002. George, my son-in-law, is driving his ginormous Ford E-350 Super Duty Extended wagon. It’s crammed full of cameras, tripods, lights, lights stands, sand bags, you name it. I’m chattering … Continue reading

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NONLINEAR ANALYSIS ON A SUMMER’S DAY Oct ’07

Way back in 1958, Bert Stern had a multicam shoot at the Newport Jazz Festival. Jazz on a Summer’s Day took just a few days to shoot, but six months to sync up the cameras and the sound. It was … Continue reading

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DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT Sep ’07

FIRST BLOOD. Sydney, Australia, 1968. “Here’s the deal Stefan. I’ve got this weekly report from the markets which you’ll shoot and edit. It should be $750 a week but I can make it a grand. Send me a credit note for … Continue reading

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LONG NIGHT’S JOURNEY INTO DAY Aug ’07

London, Soho, February, 1999. 8:00 p.m. Boooom! I’m in my edit room-cum-office at the rear of The Soho Screening Rooms. Derry, the projectionist, is showing the director’s cut of Das Boot. Every time the U-boat is depth-charged, my adjoining wall … Continue reading

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THE FINE ART OF THE CONTRA DEAL Jul ’07

Sydney, Australia, 1963. I’m freelance, but based at TCN Channel 9 in Sydney. I make program titles, inserts for shows, and pop videos for the Australian version of Bandstand. Warwick Freeman, the show’s director goes to see the station manager, … Continue reading

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THE DOG STAYS INTO THE PICTURE Jun ’07

May 1970, South of France. Tricia and I are driving down to Le Lavandou to shoot a 16 mm film for Mobil Europe. They are planning to announce a new concept in gasoline merchandising. The idea is that you get … Continue reading

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SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED May ’07

August 2006, San Francisco. My client shows me the budget for a new corporate video. “That’s great. You’re getting an aerial cameraman. Good idea to hire a specialist.” “No, that’s you. You’re our helicopter cameraman. You told me you’ve done … Continue reading

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LIGHTING BY THE SEAT OF YOUR WITS Apr ’07

October 1974, train from London to Wales. We are making a 25-minute corporate film for Acrow Engineering with the catchy title, The Steel Stockholder’s Strongest Supporter. It’s not going to be a visual film. The most exciting thing that happens … Continue reading

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ELEGANT SOLUTIONS Feb ’07

October 2006, San Francisco. I’m writing this on my laptop at San Francisco International Airport. I got here too early and now the flight has been delayed 2 hours. Sitting here by myself with my two carry-ons-a small, nothing-special camera … Continue reading

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